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    Taxi, Bus, Train or on Foot

    by asolotraveler Written Dec 31, 2013

    Before I even landed in Mexico City, I had booked my transportation from airport to Hostel from a company in Mexico. Even though i had read reviews on the buses and train methods of getting around, I must say that I am a little fraidy cat when it comes to taken buses or trains in a place I don't know. That is not to say that I have not. I have riden buses, trains and shuttles from Istanbul, Israel, Belgrade, Rome and other far flung places and had no problem. For some reason, I did not want to have to deal with buses or trains in Mexico. The price was $49.00 (a bit steep, about 640 pesos) but I wanted to be sure that I had a ride. Other places I contacted didn't seem to want my business. I never did get on a bus or train while in the City, though I did catch plenty of cabs. The ones that I rode in did have the metor on so I was pleased. Other times the fare was told me ahead of time, like my trip from the Hotel (The Red Tree House) to the airport which was 150 Pesos or the trip to the Hotel from the HOstel in the Old part of town which was 130.00 Pesos Otherwise I got around on my own two feet. I must say that most of what I wanted to do and see in Mexico City was within walking distance and I did not mind walking. I find that walking helps me get aquainted with the people and the neighborhoods, squares and plazas. Of course it is good exercise. If you got a little tired, there were plenty of sidewalk benches, stools or other type of resting places to chill out. .

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    Taxi's and Buses

    by jlanza29 Updated Mar 25, 2011

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    When arriving in Mexico City even before you leave the customs arrival area, there is an official taxi booth... buy your taxi voucher here...the prices vary based on desginated travel area and head straight to the official taxi line.....the taxi driver will ask you for your voucher and tell you how long it's gonna be to get you to your destination. IGNORE all those who approach you as you exist the customs area...Mexico City is notorious in getting people to jump into cabs taking them into an alley and robbing them blind. Don't be tempted. As for taxis in the city.....have the hotel call you a radio cab....The major hotel chains have assigned cabs, and are realiable.....if there is a problem with a cab, make sure you inform the hotel staff...and if you speak Spanish try to negotiate a price before jumping in. Overall advice USE CAUTION when using TAXIS !!! AVOID hailing one down in the street.....the minute you jump in a don't speak Spanish...you just became a HUGE target !!!!!!

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    Other safe taxis at Mexico City airport

    by Milagritos Written May 23, 2009

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    New cabs in Mexico City-source: La Jornada

    Most tourist guides will not metion it, but when arriving at Mexico City airport, there is a base or "sitio" to take a taxi on the street coming out of the TRAIN at Terminal 1 (at Puerta 7) Turn right and down and it is likely that someone will help you with your lugagge. Taxis are gold and red, the new cab color in town (they are no longer green), and they have a meter, instead of the fixed rate that official airport cabs have. A lot cheaper! It will not be written on any pamphlet or information boot but ask the airline or aiport staff, as those are the taxis they will generally use.

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    Take Care Hailing Taxis

    by cochinjew Written Mar 12, 2008

    whatever you do, do not hail a taxi in the street. either get it at the sitio or get the hotel to call a taxi for you. it may cost you a little bit more (perhaps about 250 mxp) but it is safer. this is one time you should not be budget conscious..
    there are lots of things to do in Mexico city and with a little bit of care, nothing bad will happen to you

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    Getting Around in Mexico City

    by namastedc Updated Jan 25, 2008

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    If you are flying in, the airport is conveniently located very close to the city center. It will be very confusing at first, but make sure that you buy a ticket for the airport taxis before a taxi driver takes your bags. They will try to get you in their car before you do this in order to charge you more. There are ticket offices inside the airport, though they aren't obvious - ask somebody with an airport uniform to guide you - once you are outside it becomes more difficult to get because you will be accosted by the drivers. However, once you buy your ticket the process is easy - get in the cab, give the driver your ticket, and give your destination - you cannot be overcharged at that point because you have already paid! A tip is definately optional, but if they are very friendly and make your introduction to Mexico City easier, then they probably deserve 5 or 10 pesos.

    Arriving by bus is simple as well - there are four terminals according to the four points of the compass. Just like the airport, get a taxi ticket for your destination before you leave the terminal, and hop in a designated 'sitio' taxi where indicated.
    Walk, bus, metro - they are all good ways to get around. The metro is extensive, and should get you close to wherever you are going. there are neighborhood maps in the metro stations, so once you get off you can re-orient yourself. The metro is just 2 pesos, and buses are 2-4, depending on the distance. Walking is always the best way to see the city in slow motion. Taxis (use sitio or radio taxis) should cost between 30 and 150 pesos, depending on the distance. The price is per Km, but you can always ask the driver before you head off how much it will cost. Most restaurants will call you a taxi if you need one.

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    Planes VS Buses VS The Metro in DF

    by JeSuisJill Written Jan 17, 2006
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    In general, you should take a 1st class Bus when travelling throughout Mexico. The 2nd Class buses make multiple stops and it can work your nerves. The price difference is GREAT in pesos, but if you convert it to dollars its usually a difference of about $5.

    Anyway, since this is about Mexico City, I wanted to say that I took the subway and bus EVERYWHERE and never had a problem. I have heard horror stories about the metro, but I felt fine. However, I did most of my travelling on Sundays when most people are at home with their familes.

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  • Getting To & From Teotihuacan

    by RandomActs Written Jun 20, 2005

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    It's easy, cheap and interesting to get to Teotihuacan using public transportation.

    Take the Metro (cost is $2.00P) to the Autobuses del Norte stop. This puts one at the Centro de Autobuses del Norte bus terminal. Upon entering the terminal, turn right and go toward Sala 8. Almost at the end of the long row of ticket sales counters is Autobuses Teotihuacan. Their logo is a stylized pyramid and Quetzalcoatal head. Make sure you ask for a ticket to 'los Pyramides'. Cost is $25.00P. The bus drops you at gate 1, which enters the site at la Ciudadela (the Citadel).

    The buses range from older to very new, but all are clean and comfortable. The trip takes about an hour, depending on traffic.

    Buses for the return trip can be caught at gates 2 or 3. They stop right by gate 3. Cross the road and stand at the entrance to the Frescoes museum. At gate 2, one catches them after they turn onto the road out of the site, beside the restaurant. Return trip cost is $25.00P. Be sure to watch for a placard in the front window of the bus saying 'Centro Norte'.

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  • Taxis (special Service)

    by mexdf Updated Jan 3, 2005

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    Private taxis

    If you need transportation,in DF Contact Antonio Medria, at Radio Taxis 2616-3119.I have know him ofr about a year and he will take you around Mexico City safely,he also can do tours of The pyrimids and other locals!

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    The mysterious Traffic of Mexico city

    by Mexgirl Updated Aug 21, 2004
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    One of the inconviniences of Mexico city is the Traffic.

    Couple of years ago it was possible to predict the "Horas Pico" (traffic Jams hours) but now it is almost sure that you will find big traffic jams at any time, but of course mostly in principal Avs and Highways like Periférico, Insurgentes, Reforma and Constituyentes and the top crazy hours are at 7-9am and 6-8pm. So, measure well your time!

    Traffic and Driving in Mexico are not easy to understand. People say that if you are able to drive in Mexico city, you can drive anywhere.

    So, if you are traveling in a Microbus, Combi or as a passanger in a car, grap a good book, bring a good variety of CDs, or if you are around 7am in Periferico in front of Naucalli Park in Satélite, you can even ask for a cup of coffee in the middle of the Highway.

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    easy to get around

    by Maddae Written Apr 17, 2004

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    As long as you stick to the subway it turned out to be very easy to get around.
    It seems that during the rush hour, males and women have differend carriages. Its ok for women to get in front wagons, but a no no for males to get in a rear wagon.

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    Tren Ligero, 103 years of electric transport.

    by Aptypo Written Nov 2, 2003

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    Tren Ligero

    Tren Ligero.
    (Tram).

    First trams in Mexico City were moved by animal traction. In Frebuary 20th, 1881, the city government look at the new and revolutionary electric energy. In April 14th, 1896, begun the changes. In January 15th, 1900 were introduced 35 electric trams (made in USA) in one line.

    Everybody were convinced about benefits, so all tram lines were improved to transport all passengers and cargo on fast electric trams. There were short trams, double-deck trams, trams for tourist service, for private pourpose service, for funerals, for cargo, for convicts transportation and even a special presidential tram!

    From March 1st, 1901 (to 1946), 'Compañía Limitada de Tranvías Eléctricos de México' manage the electric trams routes. In December 31st, 1946 was created the 'Institución Descentralizada de Transporte Eléctrico del Distrito Federal' to manage the electric trams in Mexico City. The city government bought in October, 1952, the other 3 companies which also managed electric trams. Finally, in December 30th, 1955 was created 'Servicio de Transportes Eléctricos del D.F.' (STE) to manage all electric transport in the city...

    Well, Tren Ligero Line 1 laying was constructed in 1988 along the old tram line from Tasqueña to Xochimilco (13km), with 12 stations and 2 terminals. Today, there are 16 stations and 2 terminals.
    17 old trams (from the 70's) were modified but don't work properly. Today, there are 16 modern trams (made in Germany, 1990-1995) in service, with a max. speed of 70km/hr. Tram lenght is 29.5 meter, weight is 40 tons (empty) and has only 50 seats but capacity for 374 persons (aprox.) during rush hours. There are more than 55,000 rides per day. It's managed by government and fare is only $2 MXP ($0.20 USD).

    Tren Ligero, making history on electric transport and surviving the city growth.

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    TURIBUS, the sightseer transport.

    by Aptypo Written Oct 22, 2003

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    TURIBUS

    TURIBUS.
    (Tourist double-decker).

    On September 25th, 2003, TURIBUS celebrate first year of service in Mexico City. This novel transport has welcomed about 120,000 passengers through important and interesting places for tourists.
    Buses are managed by AUTOTUR that consist of 266 employers and an initial 2.3 million USD investment. At the time, AUTOTUR has only 8 or 10 buses and plans to achieve 15 buses and open new routes at San Angel or Coyoacán neighbourhoods for year 2005.

    TURIBUS is a double-decker painted in red and decorated with pictures of symbolic city buildings and monuments that you can see during the tour, (a 34.5 Km circuit).
    The bus has 70 seats, facilities for handicapped persons, an audio system in five languages with short explanations about sights and a selection of well-known Mexican melodies.
    Obviously, there is a driver, but TURIBUS counts with a modern safety cruise control, (top speed is 60 Km/hr).
    Also has a video-recording system and two policemen to improve security.

    It's curious that TURIBUS was designed/developed specially for tourists, but passengers are mainly city inhabitants!
    For us, the double-decker is something completely new, and helps to motivate ourselves for exploring our capital city.

    You will enjoy city sightseen if you get a seat in the open air (upper deck) in a sunny day.
    If you know the city, note that it has a new shine from here, it looks less hostile, architecture is closer to sightseer and you can look at eyes the proudly statues...

    Fare is not expensive if consider that you can stop at any of the 24 fixed stops on the way. TURIBUS operate with unlimited hop-on, hop-off privileges!

    Double-decker route covers important zones: Chapultepec (Chapultepec Park), Centro Histórico (Historic Downtown), Paseo de la Reforma (Reforma Blvd.); also Roma, Condesa and Polanco neighborhoods.

    There are about 130 important sites: museums, archeological vestiges, monuments, parks, old buildings, historic places, etc...

    TURIBUS, an unique sightseeing experience in Mexico City.

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    Microbús, the challenge.

    by Aptypo Written Oct 19, 2003

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    Microb��s

    COLECTIVO.
    'Combi', 'Microbús'
    VW Combi, Van, Half-size and Regular-size Buses.

    'Microbús' (Half-size buses) is an idea from a generation ago, when city governors noted that public transport needs upgrading. They think about a wonderful half-sized buses fleet that transport millions of citizens to any place in town.

    Now, we have about 28,000 Microbús on Mexico City's streets, all painted in lime green, ready to provide the same kind of service.

    There are exclusive stops for them, but they stop anywhere they are flagged down. Usually they break the transit laws in all directions. So, clogged traffic and accidents are frequent, causing pollution problems too.
    Well, Microbús is a favourite place to break the law. There are also assaults and violations, but not anywhere or at any time.

    But, who knows where they go and how they get there?...

    Microbús has a (destination) sign in front of it, and you must tell the driver where are you going, then he charges you.
    The price (controled fares) depends on the distances.
    If you don't know your destination, you can ask him to tell you went to get down. If he forgets it, you will be lost in jungle for a minimal fare!
    It's a challenge if you are not acquainted about neighbourhoods and routes.

    Other facts about Microbús.
    There are in Mexico City 4.6 million passengers served by a fleet of local buses per day.
    Sometimes the driver is under 18 y.o.! Or hasn't a licence or permit for provide transport services or the bus hasn't its number-plates.
    It's very normal if the seats are ripped, windows are scratched and the speedometer or brake lights don't work.
    Don't be surprised if the windshield is cracked and the doors don't work or if the bus is banged, scraped or dented.
    You'll NEVER see there turn signals and seat belts!...

    Well, the city is phasing out Microbús and replacing them with a fleet of new regular-size buses (the next logical step). Good idea! But they forgot replace the drivers too.

    Therefore, try the Microbús now!

    NOTE: It's just for the more adventurous.

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    SITIO.

    by Aptypo Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Taxi de SITIO

    Taxi de SITIO/Radio Taxi.
    (Taxi Stand/Radio-dispatched Taxi).

    Use the official 'SITIO' taxis -orange, green or white/red with SITIO painted on the doors, and are equipped with meters- at important places and bus stations, it could be helpful to protect yourself from taxi crimes.

    If you are at bus station be cautious and follow the same directions as in the airport.
    Ticket prices are fixed, government-controlled (per car, not per person) and based on a zone system (per car, not per person), it's a map next to the ticket booth details the zones.

    After purchasing your ticket, go outside to the line of taxis where an official taxi 'chief' will direct you to the next taxi in line.
    Present your ticket to the driver and enjoy the travel.
    Be sure it’s not a 'pirate' taxi...

    Also, hotels and restaurants can call the safe radio-dispatched taxis for you at any time.

    If there is no SITIO where you are, call a 'Radio Taxi'. Get the taxi number from telephone operator so you get into the correct taxi.

    Radio Taxi usually looks as a car without markings, but sometimes looks as a common taxi (equipped with meter).
    You can hire any one of these taxis from everywhere in the city. This is a particularly advisable option at night.
    Radio Taxi type have become so popular that it is difficult to get a taxi after dark or late hours.

    Finally, the USA Embassy said it was expanding earlier notices to also include warnings against cabs that congregate at designated stands because those, too, were no longer presumed safe.

    It´s true.

    IMPORTANT: If you do decide hire a taxi in Mexico City, read your correspondent government travel advisories about taxi cabs before you arrive, because taxi crime in the city is real.

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    Taxi del Aeropuerto.

    by Aptypo Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Taxi del Aeropuerto

    Taxi del Aeropuerto.
    (Airport Taxi).

    Once you arrive, next step is get in to the jungle.

    Mexico City International Airport is served directly by taxi, metro, bus, hotel shuttle, van and limousine.

    Official airport taxis are probably the most convenient way to get downtown from the airport, they’re fast, comfortable and inxpensive.

    The cabs are available after exiting the baggage claim area, near the far end of Lounge A, and E, right next to the arrival gates in special booths marked TAXI / TRANSPORTACION TERRESTRE (Ground Transportation).

    Ticket prices are fixed, government-controlled (per car, not per person) and based on a zone system (per car, not per person), it's a map next to the ticket booth details the zones.

    They are staffed by personnel wearing bright-yellow jackets emblazoned with TAXI AUTORIZADO (authorized taxi).

    After purchasing your ticket, go outside to the line of taxis where an official taxi 'chief' will direct you to the next taxi in line.

    Present your ticket to the driver and enjoy the travel.

    Be sure it’s an official taxi.
    These cabs should be white and mustard yellow with a white taxi light on the roof, and an airplane logo painted in black, on the doors.
    They should also have an orange stripe (rather than a green one) along the bottom part of the rear license plate.

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